Actor Dan Wyllie has been found not guilty of assaulting his wife, film and television director Shannon Murphy

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Actor Dan Wyllie has been found not guilty of assaulting his wife, film and television director Shannon Murphy, at their Sydney home last year.

Key points:

  • Mr Wyllie had been accused of assaulting his wife in March last year
  • The magistrate found his wife’s evidence unconvincing
  • Fellow actor Toni Collette appeared on the witness stand, vouching for Mr Wyllie’s character

The 50-year-old Love My Way actor pled not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault, stemming from an incident in which Ms Murphy tipped yoghurt and flax seed on Mr Wyllie’s head.

Ms Murphy alleged Mr Wyllie then threw her into a wall and pinned her to the ground.

But in Downing Centre Local Court Tuesday, Magistrate Greg Elks dismissed the charges and raised questions about the reliability of Ms Murphy’s evidence.

The magistrate observed that Ms Murphy failed to tell police over the course of several statements that she had hit Mr Wyllie on the head multiple times with her mobile phone.

“I form the view that she was being less than honest with the court in relation to what truly occurred on the 21st of March,” Magistrate Elks said.

He also noted that photos of Ms Murphy tendered in the Crown case were not consistent with the “sustained, vicious attack” she gave evidence of, and that police had observed “no visible injuries”.

Mr Wyllie’s barrister, Peggy Dwyer, told the court her client had “suffered enormously” as a result of the proceedings and was struggling financially, having lost acting work.

Mr Wyllie was in court on Tuesday and hugged his legal counsel when the verdict was handed down.

The three-day hearing saw Academy Award nominee Toni Collette appear on the witness stand, vouching for Mr Wyllie’s character.

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